Set Sail for Qaulity on an An Ocean of Caring

Alan Pense

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Alan R. Pence is a Full Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is the former Director of the School and has established three specialized units: the Unit for Child Care Research (UCCR) ; the First Nations Partnership Programs (FNPP: for Community-Based Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Education; and the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU:, focusing on ECCD capacity building and leadership development in Africa, the Middle East/North Africa, and other regions. Since 1981 Dr. Pence has served as Principal or Co-Principal for over 60 research and development projects.

Dr. Pence is the author of over 90 refereed journal articles, book chapters and monographs on a range of education, child care, and child and youth care topics. He has edited, co-edited or co-authored nine books including:
  • Ecological Research With Children and Families: From Concepts to Methodology (1988);
  • Professional Child and Youth Care: The Canadian Perspective, 1st Edition (1987), 2nd Edition (1993);
  • Perspectives in Professional Child and Youth Care (1990);
  • Family Day Care: Current Research for Informed Public Policy (1992);
  • Valuing Quality in Early Childhood Services: New Approaches to Defining Quality (1994);
  • Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care: Postmodern Perspectives (1999).